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Hydrogen ingenuity

Cambridge MBA team wins Sustainability Award at the SCG Bangkok Business Challenge in Thailand.

Hydrogen Ingenuity

Two students on the Cambridge MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School won the Sustainability Award out of 112 teams at the SCG Bangkok Business Challenge in Thailand for a business plan based on the use of hydrogen to provide electricity and water at off-grid areas.

Tadashi Kubo and Patara Panuparb (both MBA 2017) were given the award for their H24U Innova business plan, which calls for selling hydrogen in the form of patented solid material to generate on-demand and off-grid power that can help solve shortages of power and drinkable water.

Although hydrogen is a relatively stable renewable energy source, it is difficult to store and carry. The H24U system is designed to generate hydrogen on demand, so that hydrogen does not need high-pressure tanks – reducing costs up to 70 per cent compared to conventional hydrogen fuel cells.

The HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Sustainability Award was presented to the two Cambridge MBA students by Thailand’s Air Chief Marshal. The competition, which aims to encourage students to display their innovative business knowledge and research projects, was held at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok.

In addition, the H24U Innova plan was also named runner-up in the Houston Technology Center Asia Innovation Award at the same competition, which had 15 finalist teams from nine countries.